Appetizer: What comes to mind when you hear the word bizarre?
One of my favorite blogroll haunts is the Associated Press' Strange News feed. One of the best stories I've read in quite awhile was posted late last week, and bizarre is the only word to describe it. It combines all the great elements of newsworthy articles: sportsmanship, injury, a European flair, and cheese.
Contestants Break Bones Chasing Cheese
LONDON (AP) -- Contestants in a traditional British cheese rolling competition broke bones and took skin off knees and elbows Monday in their pursuit of a giant piece of cheese down a steep hill.
The competition, in which participants hurl themselves 640 feet down a hill after an eight-pound piece of cheese, has been celebrated for centuries in Gloucestershire, northwest of London.
The race is thought to originate from a heathen festival to welcome the spring. The first person to follow the cheese across the line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese and a small cash prize.
Thousands of people attended Monday's event and the local ambulance service reported three people were taken to hospital with suspected fractured limbs, while 18 were treated for bruises and abrasions.
Teenager Chris Anderson, who won one of four cheese rolling races contested Monday, was taken to hospital on a stretcher, clutching his winning slab of cheese to his chest.
"The pain was worth it," Anderson said. "This cheese is going straight in a cupboard when I get home. It's definitely not for eating."
Organizer Richard Jefferies said Monday's event ran smoothly and injuries were down on previous years.
"It's a good part of the local heritage and a tradition we would like to keep going," Jefferies said.
Soup: Using just a few words, describe your childhood.
Typical suburbia: running, jumping, climbing trees. And singing.
Salad: Name one thing you do each day that you feel improves your appearance.
After matching socks and removing the concept of bed from my head, everything else is gravy.
Main Course: On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how would you rate your self-confidence?
Partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers.
Dessert: Where did you last find a bargain?
Last night. Bathing suit shopping for TinyTuna. They fit, they covered all appropriate body parts, she liked them and they were 50% off. Thank the ever-swimming Gods.
Here, your haiku roams free from the constraints of
subject, content, or style.
Anything that you want to write, you can write,
just as long as it's still a haiku!
Life in office crawls
like slugs across a pavement
salt me God, salt me